Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

resentment gone bad

Do we really want to be rid of our resentments, our anger, our fear? Many of us cling to our fears, doubts, self-loathing or hatred because there is a certain distorted security in familiar pain. It seems safer to embrace what we know than to let go of it for fear of the unknown.
                                                   (Narcotics Anonymous Book/page 33)

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
                                                    Ann Landers

if there was anything Jesus taught his disciples,
it was to travel light

as he sent them forth
to “proclaim the Kingdom”
to be good news he said

“Take nothing for your journey,”
Just a staff, and sandals

That is truly packing light

Perhaps he knew
with that Sacred wisdom
that if they had possessions they would be
protective and fearful

Perhaps he knew that if they carried too much
It would slow them down

Perhaps he wanted the vulnerable and needy
people dependent
so they would be humble and not smug

people able to both reach out and receive
are something special in this world
and rare

and it is those people who can truly
with divine vulnerability
share divine love

So “travel light” Jesus insisted
So “travel light” Jesus insists

We see the problem everyday
Those people heavy laden with their possessions
Who plot and plan
Who buy Senators and Representatives?

Who worry over the stock market
and do all they can to not only hug their wealth
to their hungry souls
but gather more, and more, and more
because for them there is never enough

We see people
Clamoring for a wall
Fearful that if needy people arrive
With only sandals
And makeshift water jug
And walking stick

They might have a little less

This fearfulness is no respecter of persons
From the richest to the poorest
It can permeate souls

Your soul
My soul
All souls

So Jesus said,
Travel light
Carry only what you really need
Rely on each other
Take care of each other
Give and receive
Create community

And the Kingdom will come


Of course it is not just material possession that hinder us
No, there is so much more


(to be continued)

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